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Peeskill Group Hosts Workshops About Spectra Energy Pipeline Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 September 2014

CORTLANDT, N.Y. Two grassroots groups, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion and Concerned Peekskill Residents . are hosting two workshops to inform people about Spectra Energy's proposed Algonquin Incremental Market natural gas expansion project and to help them prepare comments for the federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

 
Manhunt Ends in Mahopac Falls After Police Search for Wanted Man Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 September 2014

It was a frightening morning for area residents as police conducted a manhunt with helicopters and search dogs for a wanted man. Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reported Thursday, Sept.

 
Wanted Man Apprehended After Manhunt in Mahopac Falls Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 September 2014
SUSPECT CRASHED CAR, FLED INTO WOODS

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a wanted man was apprehended in Mahopac Falls this morning after he crashed a car and fled from police into woods.

Authorities arrested Mr. Xhem (a/k/a ?Jim? or ?Jimmy?) Hoti, aged 25, at about 10:15 A.M. today (Thursday). His arrest followed a manhunt that began at about 8:40 A.M. this morning, after officers, who were aware that Mr. Hoti was wanted in New Jersey for alleged grand larceny, saw him driving a car along Myrtle Avenue in Mahopac Falls and attempted to pull him over. Mr. Hoti reportedly tried to drive away from police and veered off the road, struck a fire hydrant and careened over an earthen embankment in front of a Myrtle Avenue residence. The suspect then reportedly jumped out of his car and fled on foot into a wooded area.

Police bloodhounds and a helicopter were dispatched to assist officers in the ensuing search of the area. An automated telephone call alert was made to area residents, notifying them of the search for the suspect and advising them to lock their homes and vehicles. Sheriffs deputies and investigators, Carmel Police, Kent Police, state troopers, and the Putnam County Emergency Response Team joined in the search.

As the manhunt was underway, authorities received a call from a resident on Rustic Road in Mahopac Falls, reporting that a man fitting Mr. Hoti’s description was knocking on the door of the home. The resident did not admit him, but called 911.

A Sheriffs Office investigator established contact with Mr. Hoti via the suspect’s mobile telephone. After about an hour of telephone discussions, the investigator persuaded Mr. Hoti to surrender himself. The suspect then emerged from the woods along Route 6N in Mahopac Falls and was taken into custody without further incident. As of the time of this News Release, he was being processed at the Sheriffs Office, awaiting arraignment in court.

 
United Way of Westchester and Putnam to Hold Annual Meeting Sept. 15 Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

United Way of Westchester and Putnam will hold its 52nd annual meeting from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept.

 
Sheriff: Putnam County Schools Open - Drive Carefully Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is reminding motorists in the county to exercise extra care during the morning and afternoon commutes as area schools open for the new academic year.

?With summer drawing to its unofficial close and schools reopening, drivers have to be alert for stopped school buses, children crossing the streets, groups of children and parents congregating at bus stops and extra traffic congestion around school,? said Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith. ?Being safety-conscious while driving is certainly the required mindset to have every day of the year,? said the Sheriff. ?But we have to be especially careful at this time of year, to protect our most precious treasures ? our children,? he concluded.

Drivers should plan ahead to allot extra time for commutes or for travel during the morning and afternoon hours, making allowances for school buses picking up and discharging children along local roads. Planning extra travel time will avoid feeling rushed ? which can lead to driving mistakes ? and will make for a more relaxing and safer trip.

The Sheriff reminds all motorists that it is not only extremely dangerous but also against the law to pass a stopped school bus from either direction, adding that even after a school bus turns off its red flashing lights and pulls away from a stop, drivers should watch out for children who may dart across the street against traffic.

Motorists operating motor vehicles in villages like Brewster, Cold Spring and Nelsonville and Hamlets such as Carmel and Mahopac and other high traffic areas, must be particularly vigilant watching for youngsters darting out from behind parked cars, hurrying to get to the bus stop or crossing the street on the way to school.

According to published reports, it is estimated that there are as many as 50,000 instances of motorists passing stopped school buses across the state on any given day. As an added reminder, law enforcement agencies are posting road signs furnished by the Automobile Association of America (?AAA?) that read: ?School’s Open ? Drive Carefully.?

Sheriff Smith has indicated that he has asked deputies to be on the lookout for cars passing stopped school buses. He has also ordered that they especially monitor bus stops along Routes 9 and 9D in Philipstown, where the Garrison and Haldane School Districts have children picked up and discharged during school days. Police patrols will also be stepping up enforcement of speed limits and seatbelt usage on roads near schools.

?We want all motorists to enjoy safe travel on our County roads and wish our students, teachers, and school staff a productive and rewarding year in school,? said Sheriff Smith.

 
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